UPDATE: An Associated Press journalist has reportedly counted "at least" 22 bodies at the site of the crash. The Associated Press adds that the plane looks to have broken up prior to impact, which left wreckage and body parts strewn everywhere. Ukrainian officials believe the number of casualties exceeds 300.
Ukrainian officials say a Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down as it flew over the country today.
According to the Associated Press, Anton Gerashenko, a government advisor, said the plane—which was carrying 295 passengers—was 33,000 feet in the air when it was struck by a missile.
Malayisa Airlines confirmed that it had lost contact with MH17.
Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam. The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace. More details to follow.— Malaysia Airlines (@MAS) July 17, 2014
As a result, other commercial airlines are reportedly avoiding airspace in the eastern Ukraine:
Commercial airliners now take evasive action to avoid eastern Ukrainian airspace. Example: Flight TG921 Thai Airways pic.twitter.com/W8QHBL89vi— Hans de Vreij (@hdevreij) July 17, 2014
This is a developing story and will be updated here as more information becomes available.
[via Associated Press]
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